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Tips for Designing an Eco-friendly Kitchen

written by: Anurag Ghosh•edited by: Niki Fears•updated: 5/31/2010

Do you wish to have an Eco-friendly kitchen? Still looking for that perfect earth-friendly alternative? Well, here are few Eco-friendly kitchen design ideas that can help you make your dreams come true.

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    Practical Environmental Friendly Kitchen Design Ideas

    There is not one iota of doubt that we try to be environmentally friendly and look for several ways to make our surrounding green and clean, yet we do not achieve our “green” goals completely. The main reason is our lack of total commitment to keep mother earth smiling.

    While simple ways to save energy, such as switching off electrical devices when not in use and using CFLs in our kitchens are good, they are not enough to make it environmentally friendly. There are many other great ways that can help us achieve our “green” objectives, particularly if we have some practical eco-friendly kitchen design ideas for our homes. Here are few tips to design a kitchen in an eco-friendly way:

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    Eco-friendly Tips for Your Kitchen Design Ideas

    Ecofriendly Kitchen Design Tips 1. Environmentally Alternatives for Your Kitchen Floor:

    There are many earth-friendly alternatives for your kitchen floor. While bamboo is the best flooring option, cork and recycled wood are also a good choice for those who are looking for other alternatives to design a kitchen:

    Recycled wood can be a good choice:

    You may have used recycled plastic or paper to fulfill your eco-friendly needs, but have you ever considered recycled or reclaimed wood for your kitchen floor? Reclaimed wood is retrieved from factories, old warehouses and buildings, refurnished and offered for variety of purposes, including renovation. This can be a great choice as it is environment friendly and stops getting forests destroyed.

    Cork and bamboo flooring:

    Cork is one of the best flooring options for your eco-friendly kitchen design ideas. They can be purchased in a variety of patterns and different colors. Along with its, eco-friendly benefits, it can also resist against mildews and moulds. You can also try recycled glass for floors, although the price may be a bit higher than other alternative eco friendly flooring options.

    Bamboo flooring is one of the commonest materials used to design a kitchen. It not only is durable, but also very urbane and easy to maintain and clean. What’s more, it satisfies your green kitchen design ideas.

    2. Earth-friendly alternatives for your kitchen cabinets:

    Always consider to have bamboo or recycled wood while constructing kitchen cabinets. Using eco-friendly coatings and paints for cabinets can make them look just like any other exotic wood cabinet. You can also look for used cabinets and refinish them using environmentally paints.

    3. Environmentally-Friendly kitchen counters are the best choice:

    There are many eco-friendly materials that can be used for your counters. Bamboo and recycled glass are the best alternatives. If you are creative enough, you can use recycled glass tiles in a number of ways to adorn your kitchen counter. You just need some imagination!

    4. Opt for green cleaning products to clean your kitchen:

    While you have made up your mind to opt for green alternatives for your kitchen design ideas, it is also important to have your kitchen sparkling clean. For this, you should use chemical-free cleansers to clean your kitchen. One of the best choices is a plant-based cleanser that uses natural elements. You can also make your own natural cleansers using baking soda, lemon or vinegar.

    (Image, top left: an example of a modern kitchen, courtesy: wikimedia commons, creativecommons sharealike)